For past week, the world mourned the loss of the artist known as Prince.
He was an intensely talented musician whose legacy will only continue to grow larger with his untimely passing.
He was an enigma that took an extremely unique approach to the music industry and left behind a wealth of unanswered questions that will continue to be explored in the many years yet to come…
He was extremely restrictive when it came to recordings of his musical compositions, his performances and his interviews. He routinely demanded that his television performances would not be shared via the internet, and journalists were often forbidden from making any recordings of whatever interviews he might have granted.
He would engage in lawsuits that would target anyone that created YouTube videos that happened to feature his music, but would also anonymously give away millions of dollars to various people in need.
Some of his donations were solar panels given to a lot of low-income people that couldn’t afford such things on their own.
With his religious beliefs, it was essential that his gifts remained anonymous.
He empowered a lot of developing artists with both his music, often providing direct sponsorship.
In the past week, we’ve learned of a lot of unexpected alliances he made, and the uniquely private life he led.
With his passing, so many of the performances that Prince would not allow to be seen, are now being shared openly on the internet, transforming a lot of casual appreciators into full-fledged fans. Will the new executor(s) of the Prince estate be open to this type of open sharing that expands his base, or will they revert back to something closer to Prince’s highly restricted terms of access?
I suppose we’ll find out in due time.. exactly what will happen… or not.
The biggest topic of discussion has been the mysterious vault of music at his Paisley Park compound. Apparently he recorded a lot of music which has never heard, and according to various reports, the Prince estate could probably release a new album once a year for the next 100 years….. which leads to to a topic close to the theme of this website….
Would you believe there was a LOUIE LOUIE-related song by Prince?
I haven’t heard it yet, but it’s a composition written by Prince entitled simply “Hey Louie Louie.”
Apparently, “Hey Louie Louie: is an unreleased track that was recorded in November 1990 featuring rapped verses by Tony M. and maybe some other vocalists.
In fact, over at the (unofficial) Prince.org forum, there’s a posting that calls this song the “best song ever” as well as “funny as hell” and “just stupid.”
This song was part of an unofficial 3-CD release (aka bootleg) entitled “Deposition,” as documented by the Discogs website.
Again, I have no idea what this thing sounds like. I don’t know if it’s a “LOUIE Bastard” that borrows heavily from the original Richard Berry composition, or maybe a “LOUIE- Name Only” song like the Pretenders song “Louie Louie” that uses the title, but shares little in common with the the original LOUIE LOUIE.
I hope to hear this song someday, but I’m sure I will in due time.
If you’d like to be first one to share this one with me, feel free to share a email with “Louie” at this website, or visit the “LOUIE LOUIE Party” at Facebook.
In the meantime, I leave you with some of my favorite Prince links and the coolest Twitter post that referenced the loss of such humans…
On Tuesday night, I received some sad news on Facebook about my friend Buck Munger.
April 19, 2016
just before 2:00 on a beautiful afternoon.
Buck Munger joined his favorite dog Lucee, his favorite bass player John, his best friend Jack and the best soft player he ever played with Richard on the other side of where ever.
So now it is time to go out and celebrate his life.
Go to a record store and buy a CD. No not Amazon or Target, a real record store with people working behind the register who want to turn you on to some great music. If you live in Portland try Music Millennium.
How about some live music entertainment? Go to a club this weekend and see some live music, not a DJ. Make it original music for extra credit. Pay the cover and remember to tip your bartender and cocktail waitress.
All you musicians out there, inspire a kid to play, give a less fortunate musician an instrument you aren’t using, play a gig with an old friend and remember how much fun it is to just play.
Support your local musician and you will celebrate the best part of Buck’s real cool, incredibly interested and too short life.
Thank You, Mrs. Jayne (Jablonski) Munger
Buck was a supporter of the LOUIE documentary, and one of the biggest advocates of the music community in his home state of Oregon. He had extremely colorful life, and was an extraordinary storyteller.
His career began in the Alaska as a drummer for a country western band during the late 1950s. From there, he would end up joining the U.S. Marine Corp, playing rock music with a government-sponsored band known as the Mark Five, which lasted for a few years. As his tour of duty ended, he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked various jobs in the music industry, before throwing in the hat, and moving back to Oregon in 1967.
Strangely enough, a job with a new company founded by the Kingsmen‘s bassist, Norm Sunnholm, was the key to Buck’s first big break in the music industry. Buck was hired to work for the Sunn Musical Equipment Company of Tualatin, Oregon, moving back to Los Angeles to promote their new amplifiers. With a company van loaded with Sunn products and a new place in Southern California, Buck was given the mission of finding prominent musicians that would be willing to use and endorse their products.
Jimi Hendrix turned out to be Buck’s first major celebrity endorsement deal – a musician from the Pacific Northwest whose career exploded when when he moved to England. Buck witnessed Jimi’s pivotal performance at the Monterey Pops Festival and negotiated an endorsement deal that very weekend.
Buck wound up setting up a variety of other endorsements for Sunn, but setting up an alignment with the Who turned out to another major feather for his proverbial cap. His kinship with the band, particularly with John Entwistle, which turned out to a lifetime friendship.
Buck used to share some truly amazing stories about his adventures with The Who on his Facebook wall, including this funny moment involving Keith Moon at an Eric Burdon & Animals show at the Whisky in Hollywood…
There I was, left standing in the intersection, next to the XKE watching Keith Moon run laughing into the hotel waving my car keys. John Entwistle sighed, and said he’d go try to retrieve them. It had been a wild night out. I had picked up John and Keith earlier and we all crammed into the E-Type to cruise out on the Sunset Strip. We rolled up to the Whisky and handed over the keys to the valet. Keith and John were wearing their stage clothes and if not instantly recognizable, certainly somebody out of the ordinary. We were escorted up to the VIP balcony overlooking the stage. On stage were Eric Burdon & The Animals, a group that Moon and Entwistle knew well back home. After several rounds and increasingly rowdy behavior Moon leaned over and yelled in my ear. “He’s bald you know, hasn’t got a hair on his head.” Who? “The guitar player!” I looked down and it seemed to me the guitarist had not only a full head of hair, but flowing locks to boot. Huh? Moon was out of his seat, off like a shot, down the stairs, across the crowded room, up to the corner of the stage, on stage, behind the guitar player, “See!” he yelled, pulling off the wig. Holy shit! It was bedlam on stage. The bald guitarist turned and grabbed at Moon, who threw the wig into the crowd and jumped down. The guitar player dropped his instrument and took off in full pursuit across the room, catching Moon about half-way up the balcony stairs. Thankfully the Whisky bouncers arrived simultaneously and Moon was spared a beating, however we were informed our presence would no longer be tolerated and escorted to the door. Outside, waiting for the car Moonie bowed and smiled to the crowd of clapping patrons that followed us out.
One of Buck’s earliest videos, captured in 1975, shared by LOUIE associate producer David Jester, featured one of Pete Townshend‘s guitars..
Buck played a pivotal role in Sunn’s success, which transformed into a major player in the music industry during his time there. After a few years, Buck wound up doing similar work with Norlin which was the home for Gibson and Moog products. With this new job, he was able to work from his homebase in Portland.
After seven years with Norlin, the company decided to consolidate operations, and invited Buck to work at their main headquarters in Chicago.
Buck decided he wanted to stay in Portland, so he turned down the offer and decided to launch a brand new trade publication that would focus on the music scene in Oregon. He would name this new publication “Two Louies” as tip of the hat to the most famous song that was ever recorded in Portland.
Buck created a wonderful resource for the Oregon community with this publication. In era before the internet was an option, bands, nightclubs, recording studios, music shops, photographers and music fans had a place where they could share a lot of information. As a leader in his community, Buck became the instigator a lot of great things in Oregon – big celebrations for various causes and the eventual creation of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.
And with all of this, Buck made sure that people never forgot the legacy of Oregon music, and the very famous song that was recorded by Kingsmen and Paul Revere & the Raiders at a Portland recording studio in 1963.
UPDATE: Some of the original statements have been revised.
David Jester shared some details that I missed…
Buck was the founder of The Portland Music Association that started when his friend Peter Burke, (the founder of BMI) came to Portland and talked at a meeting of all the musicians in town at Key Largo.. I recorded that also… I was one of the founding members who put up $20 are the first meeting to put out the first PMA newsletter in 1984 ? or maybe it was 1985?… Buck was the 1st President I believe… Buck was instrumental in establishing the Mayor’s Ball tradition which really put Portland on the International Musical Map…
Terry Currier discussed Buck’s involvement with the Oregon Music Hall of Fame on the OMHOF Facebook page:
Today we lost one of the greats of the Portland Music scene…Buck Munger. Though the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, his publication Two Louies covered the Portland Music scene. Buck championed a lot of artists over this time and after. Before all that, he was the artist rep for Sunn amplifiers. Buck hung with the stars like Eric Clapton, The Who, ZZ Top and here scene with Tom Petty. One of my favorite photos is Buck with Eric Clapton during the Cream years at an empty Memorial Coliseum probably before or after soundcheck. He was involved in the Portland Music Association and putting on the Mayor’s Balls. He was a wealth of information about what went on in Portland. For 3 plus years, Buck called me regularly, trying to get me to start what eventually became the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. I had a full plate and told him I just did not have time to do that on top of having a record store, a record label and a record distribution company as well as being involved in many music based organizations. One day I had a weak moment and said “Yes Buck…I’m going to do it.” I’ve never regretted it and because of the prodding by Buck, The Oregon Music Hall of Fame was created.
There are so many stories and memories I could tell about Buck but today, I think I’ll just reflect my conversations and encounters with Buck. He was a one of a kind character with a passion for music…especially the music that was being made in Portland. Buck was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame because of this passion and all he did to help to champion the music scene here. He got Billboard magazine to do a multi-page feature on what was going on here. We will miss you Buck
It’s been awhile since we’ve shared any status updates on the LOUIE documentary, so here’s a little rundown of what’s been going on…
FIRST of all, the film is still being assembled. Most of the principal photography has been completed, but there are still a few interviews we’re hoping to capture, and there’s also been talk of filming some brand-new sequences with some of the surviving principals which may or may not happen.
SECOND, we are very excited to announce a new member to our LOUIE LOUIE team.
Martin Bucky Cameron of DogBrain Studios, will be providing some animation and motion graphics for the project.
Check out this test mock-up he created for the project..
Here’s another example of his magnificent animation. This one was created for the upcoming KSAN radio documentary, another project featuring the talents of the LOUIE team. (Jesse Block, co-producer of LOUIE, is the director for this one)
THIRD, We ARE sitting on some mind-blowing material, if we do say so ourselves. We’ve got some stories about this song that have NEVER been shared publicly, as well as some exclusive audio and video recordings.
– Members of The Playboys, the very first band to ever cover Richard Berry‘s legendary song provided a recent interview and their never-released recording of the song.
– Ken Chase, original producer of the Kingsmen, shared the untold story of the Indiana ban on the song.
– Early audio recordings by the Kingsmen before they ever did LOUIE LOUIE.
– A variety of LOUIE LOUIE recordings by unlikely recording artists, subject to licensing agreements.
– The first and only performance of Richard Berry (songwriter of LOUIE LOUIE) and Jack Ely (original Kingsmen vocalist) backed by the Lady Bo Trio.
The initial film will not be able to share all of the stories but the eventual Blu-Ray/DVD compilations will definitely have a wealth of bonus footage.
FOURTH, This documentary, with a few exceptions, has been mostly self-funded.
We plan to embark on a new crowd source fundraising campaign in the near future.
– Eric Predoehl (producer, director, webpage guy for the LOUIE project)
While I may be somewhat jealous, and I am also in complete awe over the fact that this project is being funded this way.
I also made my largest pledge I’ve ever given to a Kickstarter campaign, because I am fan of Frank Zappa, and I would love to see the unreleased, exclusive footage that’s only being shared with certain Kickstarter supporters.
Check out this rare clip just released by the campaign – Frank Zappa is surprise-greeted by the US Navy Marching Band performing “Joe’s Garage” at the San Francisco Airport in 1980.